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The Trauma Course


Synthesising evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and survivor research, this course offers a comprehensive overview of what trauma is, what happens in our brains and bodies, and how it affects survivors. In part 1, we define what trauma is. We consider; difficult vs traumatic experiences, trauma vs traumatic events, types of trauma, causes of trauma, and prevalence. In part 2, we delve into our brains to understand how traumatic experiences affect us. We explore; the stress response system (how we try to protect ourselves against overwhelming threat), the memory system (how we store traumatic memories), the developmental context (how we are shaped by the environment we grow up in), and the impact on survivors. In part 3, we look at the link between trauma and mental health. We consider; trauma's impact on mental health, trauma and intersectionality, and trauma healing and the therapeutic landscape. We include videos (with closed captions), animations, quizzes, and reflective prompts, and we give you access to additional resources, including podcasts, talks, and recommended readings. The course is self-paced. Once finished, you will receive a certificate of completion. This course is for anyone interested in learning about trauma. You may work with trauma survivors or you may be a trauma survivor yourself or know someone who is.





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  • Safety & Self-Care
    Learning about trauma is important and empowering, but it can be challenging. Please take care of yourself as you progress through the course and do what you need to do to keep yourself safe and supported. There is no time limit on the course so you can pace your progress as you need to. We have a dedicated Self-Care Space which you can access at any time by clicking on the button on the bottom right of any page on our website. If the course brings up difficult emotions or memories, or make you feel uncomfortable, please consider talking to someone. If you feel unable to talk to your family or friends, there are other people who understand and can help you. You can find links to sources of support in our Self-Care Space. Grounding and regulation techniques can be helpful too. To ground yourself before accessing the course, you may try planting your feet firmly on the ground and taking a few slow deep breaths. You may also try engaging your senses by identifying; • Something you can see • Something you can hear • Something you can touch • Something you can smell You could also consider expressing how you feel through writing, drawing, or playing music. We encourage you to spend time doing things you find soothing or that bring you joy before and/or after engaging with the course. For immediate help with mental distress, including suicidal thoughts: Call Samaritans 116 123 Text SHOUT 85258 Call CALM 0800 585858 If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 999.
  • Content Note
    This course focuses on trauma, not traumatic events. This means that we detail what happens in our brains when we experience traumatic events and we give an overview of how this impacts survivors, but we do not describe traumatic events themselves. We do not use case studies or graphic images. Our animations use a hand-drawn monster to represent trauma. We use the terms 'violence', 'abuse', 'neglect', and sometimes specify 'emotional abuse', 'physical abuse', or 'sexual abuse'. If you need any more information about the content of the course, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Disclaimers
    This course is based on the latest research evidence and we have made every effort for it to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible at the point of publication. However, science is continuously changing by nature which means that some of our content may demand revision and amending over time. What we offer is true to our positionality: you may have different perspectives on certain issues (e.g. on conceptualisations of mental health, for example). That is ok! We welcome differences of opinion and shared learning. This course is not a diagnostic tool nor a clinical measure for assessing people's experiences of trauma. This course is not a therapy programme. All our Terms & Conditions apply.
  • Further Training
    If you would like to take your learning further (e.g. to understand how to apply this knowledge in your area of work), you can book one of our trauma trainings or consultancy services.
  • Citation
    Traumascapes (2023). The Trauma Course. London, UK.
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved. All materials are copyright © Traumascapes CIC. Unless you own or control the relevant rights in the material, you must not: republish material from our course (including republication on another course or website) without permission; share material from our course in educational or academic contexts without credit or proper referencing; sell, rent, or sub-license material from our course; exploit material from our course for a commercial purpose. All our Terms & Conditions apply.
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